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Sydney Menees

T-Online has been vanquished!

February 24, 2006 at 6:02 PM

We finally have internet! It was not 10 minutes ago that it finally happened (I type fast when I am happy/excited). It was so funny, when it happened my whole family was going around and hugging each other and we were like “YEAH!”

So, now I’ll show you pictures (the quirky things about this house and some of schön Deutschland) and then get on to the violin stuff.

The infamous facewood! At first, I was slightly bewildered and shocked by it, but then I grew accustomed to it and named it John Chew. Don’t ask. So here is John Chew (never just John or just Chew, always John Chew):

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And Linda, (I know that this is a previous name of yours, but I am going to refer to it anyways) I hear that evil violinists like evil toilets? I think that this one will suffice:

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Who puts barbed wire in a toilet? That is not just drawn on the seat and lid, there is actually barbed wire in the lid and seat of the toilet. For some reason, that really annoys me. I mean, who does that?

Here’s a photo of me pretending to pick up a barge on the Heidelberg castle. My idea; my brother took the picture:

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And here is one of Heidelberg (and some dormant trees):

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Alright, after that rant about toilets, I’ll get move on to the subject we are all here for: violin. I played for a lady at the Heidelberg Music School to see if I could play in the orchestra and she put me in the highest orchestra. Practices for me begin in March, so I’ll keep you "posted" on that. We are trying out a violin teacher here. She plays in the Heidelberg Philharmonic and is American. I had a lesson with her on Tuesday. She is pretty good, very different from my home teacher, but good. I have been raised on Suzuki my whole life and she teaches the Galamian method. Tell me anything you know about the Galamian method please.


From John Lanceley
Posted on February 24, 2006 at 7:09 PM
whoa, that wood face is creepy. You wouldnt want a violin with a face on the back would you!
From Colleen Russo
Posted on February 24, 2006 at 9:01 PM
SYDNEY!!!!!!!!!! SYDNEY SYDNEY SYDNEY!!!! :D haha!!! yay!!!! okay i have so much to say so im just going to number things here!
1) FACEWOOD!! LOL!! omg i would be freaked out at first too! john chew.. loL!! i love it :P
2) the bridge pic! omg totally something i would do! its hilarous!
3)im so excited to hear you play zigeunerweisen its gonna be amazing im sure!!!
4) that toilent is insane! really tho-- WHO DOES THAT?! haha .. germans i guess!!!
5) Heidelberg is gorgeous!!
6) your letter is in the mail!!! TWENTY PAGES!!! haha!
7) your basketball team looks really cool and nice!! especially something about it... (see email) haha
okay talk to you super soon i hope!!!
From Linda Lerskier
Posted on February 24, 2006 at 9:12 PM
Now that is one good-looking toilet. Actually, gray is not a evil enough color. I truely prefer my barbed-wire toilets in black or maybe red. Another thing, the barbed wire should not be IN the seat and cover, but on the seat and backside of the cover, if you know what I mean. :) Then again, I never thought of Germans as evil people, so gray barbed wire is pretty impressive.

I like 'John Chew'. I like wood. In fact, I like it so much, I'm going to buy it from you on Ebay.

Glad your enjoying yourself. And that you have internet again! YAY!! Just watch out for those viruses that can shut your computer down. ;)

From Linda Lerskier
Posted on February 24, 2006 at 9:19 PM
AHHH!!! AHH! I just saw your pic!
From John Chew
Posted on February 24, 2006 at 10:55 PM
Ummmm, Joohn Chew here... really guys, my name is John Chew... : )
From Jim W. Miller
Posted on February 25, 2006 at 3:25 AM
Would it be fair to say that house has some weird furnishings?
From Anneliese Gentzsch
Posted on February 25, 2006 at 5:25 AM
syd!!!! yeah!!!! that is an awsome picture of face wood. thats great about the orchestra! I don't know much about the Galamian method - just that it probably involves the huge Galamian scale book. its fun trust me. :) i'll ask my teacher if he know anything.
From Sydney Menees
Posted on February 25, 2006 at 8:12 AM
At first I was afraid of John Chew (I was afraid that someone on this site would have that name!) (not the guy on the site though), but after -
man this sounds so weird now that I know there is someone on here with that name! Oh well, you know what I'm talking about -
(as I was saying) But after I had to sleep with my head inches from him every night (there I said it), I just got used to him and realized that he was a generally agreeable piece of wood.

Heidelberg is lovely. Nothing in America like it.

Linda was playing violin with her hands and typing with her feet last night.

I couldn't resist putting that as my profile pic for a little bit.

Did I cover everything?

From Sydney Menees
Posted on February 25, 2006 at 8:20 AM
Oh Linda, I was going back reading your comments on this blog and you said that you like John Chew! Would you care to specify? ; )
From Emily Grossman
Posted on February 25, 2006 at 9:05 PM
Sydney, you're going to like her Galamian methods. They are very effective, and may not necessarily go against what you've already learned, since a lot of people use Galamian principles when teaching. I'd be interested in reading about what your new teacher incorporates into your technique.
From Linda Lerskier
Posted on February 25, 2006 at 10:06 PM
I got skill. Mad skill.

But you didn't know John Chew on this site before you wrote that?! That is so coincidental! Why? I can't like Johnny boy now? Maybe I like him so much because he is my er... uncle on my friend's mother's cousin's side. (Sorry, John if you're reading this. I had to specify. ;))

From Linda Lerskier
Posted on February 26, 2006 at 2:30 PM
In other terms, our relationship is nothing more that what you and Mr. Joshua Bell have. ;)
From Brian Tung
Posted on February 27, 2006 at 12:24 AM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ivan_galamian
From Sydney Menees
Posted on February 27, 2006 at 8:45 PM
Thanks Brian! Did you get the memo about the blogs you MUST post after Barg?

Linda...I was about to disagree with you, but then I realized that you're right. I LIKE his PLAYING.

From Brian Tung
Posted on February 28, 2006 at 6:09 AM
Yes ma'am!

Also, I think this is the first post you haven't told us to email Oprah since... forever...

:P

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